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Police flouts court order, invades BEDC headquarters in Benin

Around 6.15 pm after close of work on Friday September 16, 2022, when most staff had left the office, a battalion of about 30 fully armed policemen dressed in camouflage and normal police uniform stormed the headquarters of BEDC Electricity Plc in Benin City, Edo State, claiming to install Mr Henry Ajagbawa as the new Managing Director of the company.

The police came in eight vehicles with the name of Edo State Government on them.

The police action is in flagrance disobedience of an order of a Federal High Court, Abuja in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/1113/2022 in which Mr. Ajagbawa, K. C. Akuma, Adeola Ijose, Charles Onwera and Yomi Adeyemi were restrained from parading themselves as directors of BEDC Electricity Plc. The said orders of court also restrained Fidelity Bank PLC and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission from taking over the business and premises of BEDC.

The private security men guarding the premises were threatened with forced arrest if they did not allow the entry whilst the armed policemen positioned themselves in combat formation.

Below is a short video of the invasion.

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